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Prevent Mold Damage In Your Lake Zurich Home

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Prevent Mold Damage In Your Lake Zurich Home No one wants mold in their Lake Zurich home.

Prevent Mold Damage

No one wants mold in their Lake Zurich home. However, sometimes nature sneaks in, leaving a few patches of mold behind. Your carpeting, for instance, is a frequent target for mold, as it can easily trap moisture, attracting mold spores floating in the air.

Controlling your indoor humidity levels can significantly decrease mold damage in your Lake Zurich home. Mold does not need standing water to grow, areas of your home with high humidity and heat are more than enough to present mold with a suitable environment. It should be your goal to keep overall humidity levels in your home under 60%.

You can successfully prevent mold by removing carpeting from high humidity areas of your home, like your basement, bathroom, or laundry rooms. Also, consider having your home inspected by a qualified professional, like those offered at SERVPRO. We can help you determine which direction to take and make suggestions that help reduce the possibility of contamination throughout your home.

Installing dehumidifiers, ventilation, and choosing antimicrobial carpet padding can also help reduce problems involving mold and other bacteria in your home as well. While this padding may be a bit more expensive, it serves as a quality solution to help keep mold at bay. If you have water problems at any point, take the proper steps to remove excess water immediately by calling SERVPRO for help.

Remember, mold only needs a small amount of water, oxygen, and a food source to begin growing in your home. If you have water damage or a water intrusion of any kind, there could be water hiding underneath any carpeting in the affected area. SERVPRO technicians can help you determine whether your carpeting requires replacement or if in-place extraction and drying procedures can successfully prevent damages, like corrosion, rot, or mold.

Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for full-service mold remediation, cleaning, and restoration 24/7. We cover all of Wheeling, Hawthorn Woods, and Deer Park with quality solutions you can trust to control mold damage found on your property, today (847) 279-1940.

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What Are the Different Types of Restoration Services Available After Fire Damage to Your Lake Zurich

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Are the Different Types of Restoration Services Available After Fire Damage to Your Lake Zurich SERVPRO professionals fully restore your home, offering several services to return your home to its original state "Like it never even happened."

Understanding the Services SERVPRO Offers for Proper Fire Damage Restoration

An incidence of fire damage can be rattling for any homeowner. To see your beloved home ruined by the fire is truly heartbreaking. Thankfully, professional restoration services can help you get your home in order following such damage.

Fire damage restoration to your Lake Zurich home is a multi-step process involving many services to get the damage under control. The restoration services can be classified into the following five categories.

Mitigation Services

The primary goal of these services is to prevent further damage to your home. SERVPRO Professionals can board up the openings, winterize the plumbing and establish a source of electricity temporarily. Drying the wet structures is also a big part of the mitigation services.

Structural Cleaning Services

Cleaning the structures damaged in the fire such as walls and ceilings falls under these services. SERVPRO technicians can talk to you and the adjuster regarding the cleanability of the structures and extent of damages. Various methods are used to eliminate the smoke and soot residue including wet and dry cleaning and scrubbing.

Contents Cleaning Services

Professional restorers also offer contents cleaning services. Contents such as furniture, upholstery, utensils and other objects are cleaned using the appropriate tools and methods. If the technicians cannot clean the items on the job site, they can be shipped off to an off-site location as well.

Specialty Restoration Services

Cleaning electronic items, artwork, furniture finishing and dry cleaning of clothes fall under the specialty restoration services. These services are often outsourced, and a subcontractor is often used.

Reconstruction Services 

If the fire has caused some severe structural damage to your property, you may need reconstruction services. Fire damage restoration experts do not perform reconstruction work. While IICRC certified SERVPRO professionals could clean the damage caused by smoke and soot, licensed general contractors are often needed for reconstruction.

It is essential to understand all the services available to you after the unfortunate incidence of fire damage. Make sure you seek professional help as soon as possible to get your home restored to preloss conditions.

Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 today to schedule an appointment.

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Remediating and Preventing Flood Damage in Lake Zurich

1/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating and Preventing Flood Damage in Lake Zurich The drain pipe running down the side of your house needs to be attached to the house and free of debris. Contact SERVPRO if a storm damaged your home.

Repairing Damage After a Storm Can Often Prevent Future Water From Entering the Home

Storms and storm flooding near Lake Zurich have been much more commonplace this last year. The actual weather event ends fairly quickly, but there have been more of them, and that means more water left behind in homes all around our area.
 
Quickly restoring Lake Zurich flood damage is important because each storm works its way into the home a little farther than the last one. SERVPRO knows that if floodwater is allowed to collect where it should not, even the foundation can be at risk.
 
If the foundation integrity is suspect, our response team begins with an inspection of the home. We can check every wall for seeps and leaks, paying particular attention to where the walls meet the concrete floor. If we find any, technicians fill them with a hydraulic cement compound and cover each wall with masonry cement.
 
The next step is to seal the outside of the foundation walls. If the homeowner authorizes it, SERVPRO can dig out and expose the exterior walls down to the foundation pad. We clean the walls and then seal them. We can do this by covering each of them with a thick, liquid rubber.
 
Now that the home is secure, we look at what is possible to prevent this and other types of flood damage from happening again. Much of the damage in our area happens not when lakes or creeks crest, but instead when a particularly violent storm damages the rain gutters and drains. Once that happens, water travels down walls and under roofs.
 
To protect each home, we can reconnect gutter sections and drains that the storm separated. This task usually means replacing missing bolts and reattaching pieces that winds pulled away from the eaves of the home. Technicians can also reconnect and seal drain pipes. They can also examine to see if the drains are secured to the walls and tighten restraining straps to keep them in place.
 
Protecting your home from flooding requires a quick response to seal your home from damage and preventive maintenance to direct stormwater away from it. SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich has protected homes in our area for almost thirty years and can do the same for you. Call us today to set up a visit at (847) 279-1940.

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Sink Overflow and Water Damage to Your Wheeling Home

1/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sink Overflow and Water Damage to Your Wheeling Home SERVPRO technicians can detect hidden moisture left behind from an overflowing sink and properly remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Can Detect and Remediate Hidden Water Damage

An overflowing sink in your Wheeling home is one of the dangerous things which can occur, but many people do not think about. When your sink overflows, you are usually racing to get some towels to soak up the water. There are, however, plenty of other things which are going on under the surface of the floor which you cannot reach with towels. Since people only react to things they can see, this becomes a hidden danger.

A sink overflow in your Wheeling home can, therefore, create a good deal of water damage. Much of it can be difficult to know it exists, which is why professionals should do proper cleanup after a water disaster. At SERVPRO, we have tools which can find any hidden moisture that could be causing additional damage which you cannot see.

We locate the areas which are wet and determine precisely how wet they are compared to regular moisture levels in your home. Various devices allow us to track moisture in your structure.

SERVPRO techs use a moisture sensor to detect moisture in soft materials. It is an excellent tool for us to use during initial inspection since it is easy to use and indicates how far the water has migrated.

We use moisture meters to find the moisture content of different materials and help us determine if the structure is dry. There are probes on the meter to test underneath flooring and inside wall cavities. They also can test individual layers. Nonpenetrating meters have sensors which do readings when the meter is put on the surface of materials.

Thermo-hygrometers measure both relative humidity and temperature. We let them adapt to air conditions first before taking a reading, then use these readings in conjunction with a psychrometric charge or calculator to find the specific humidity. We compare readings of air in four areas including outside your home, the areas affected by moisture, the unaffected areas, and the exhaust being processed through the dehumidifier into the affected area.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich has all the tools needed to dry your home in Lincolnshire, Mundelein, or Kildeer thoroughly after a water damage emergency. Give us a call right away at (847) 279-1940 whenever you need us so we can get your home dry and safe again.

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Fire Damage To Your Lake Zurich Residence

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage To Your Lake Zurich Residence Smoke and flames cause a significant amount of damage without needing to consume your entire home.

Fire Damage To Your Residence

Smoke and flames cause a significant amount of damage without needing to consume your entire home. Heat alone can make a home in Lake Zurich unsafe to live in, even if the fire remained in only one room.

Lake Zurich residents should only occupy their homes after proper remediation of all smoke and fire damage. While smoke and soot may seem non-dangerous and more along the lines of a nuisance, these substances can aggravate asthma and other respiratory illnesses, and researchers have discovered that soot contains carcinogens. SERVPRO professionals hold IICRC certificates in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT) and carry the proper equipment needed to remove these substances from your home.

When a house fire spreads, we have the equipment to handle any aspect that a home might need to become livable again. Our experience includes large government complexes, but we still view mitigating small amounts of damage as crucial to a family's well-being. More massive fires can mean weak spots in floors and framing structures that might collapse unless we rebuild them.

Elimination of odors can help in both large and small fires. If a fire occurs in a non-living area, such as the garage or basement, odors can still permeate into living areas. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can discuss with you the measures available to control such invasive smells.

Tarping areas of your home that firefighters opened up during the blaze help prevent rain and snow from entering and causing water damage. However, since fighting a fire often requires the use of water, we are ready to remove the water and elevated humidity from your home, so it stays protected from water damage and mold growth. There are many different aspects to mitigating after fire damage, and we understand all of them.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich can be contacted by calling our 24-hour service line at (847) 279-1940. We can help make fire damage a thing of the past, and help your family recover quickly.

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Mold Damage Remediation Services for Lake Zurich Homes

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation Services for Lake Zurich Homes Mold has the ability to grow in temperatures 68 to 86 degrees, making it almost impossible to stop it by adjusting the temperature in your home.

SERVPRO Can Properly Rid Your Home of Mold Damage and Prevent Further Infestations

Mold spores exist all over Lake Zurich. They are in every home, in every room and are, usually, completely harmless. There is a mistaken belief that mold grows in dirty or abandoned homes, but the truth is that any home can experience a mold infestation.

Halting mold growth and removing mold damage in Lake Zurich homes requires SERVPRO technicians first to understand how it expands and grows. With over twenty years of training and restoration experience, we know that only a small amount of water is needed to change these harmless spores into a mold colony which can quickly move across an entire attic or up the inside of the bathroom walls.

An individual spore is smaller than the tiniest seed. A growth of thousands of them is no larger than the eraser at the end of a pencil. The spores are normally in an inert state, which makes them no more harmful than house dust. They expand and usually grow because of water from a split hose on a clothes washer or a leaky pipe in the bathroom or kitchen.

Once the spores expand, they quickly extend growths called hyphae. They resemble the root structure of a plant and serve the same function. Some of them grow across surfaces, seeking out more moisture to continue expanding. Other hyphae dig down and grow into the surface to absorb the material and use it to feed the new colony. Mold can feed on nearly every type of building material, with drywall being exceptionally vulnerable.

Mold grows and thrives in temperatures from 68 to 86 degrees. That makes it virtually impossible to stop mold in a private home, condo, or apartment by raising or lowering the temperature since it also makes the area unlivable. Because of that and the availability of food, SERVPRO technicians concentrate on repairing the leaks and drying up any water source.

With no moisture, even mold spores deep in a section of drywall return to their inert state. Once they are no longer active, it is simple for our restoration crews to remove and replace drywall and other building materials like ceiling tiles, floor and ceiling trim, and other infested wood.

Restoring your home after mold damage is not a simple task, but it is one that SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich has over twenty years experience in accomplishing. If you need our help, call today at (847) 279-1940.

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Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Lake Zurich

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Lake Zurich Lake Zurich Water Damage and Soaked Insulation Get Relief with SERVPRO's Help

Soaked Insulation Can Result in Damages to Older Structures

Many small businesses in Lake Zurich convert and operate out of homes where the zoning laws allow for it. For photographers and decorators, this is an opportunity to save money and have a variety of rooms to use as studios and display their expertise. It can also increase their risk for water damage to their structure.
 
Older homes usually do not have the upgraded pipes and other plumbing needed to prevent commercial water damage in a Lake Zurich business. They leak, and since there is no one in the converted home 24 hours, seven days a week, minor leaks go unnoticed until the problem becomes a major issue. SERVPRO knows that one of the problems, especially in the winter months, is the insulation in the attic and walls becomes compromised. It no longer protects the business owner or the customers and results in higher heating bills.
 
Cellulose and Rockwool insulation are particularly vulnerable to leaks. They quickly become matted and more compact, leaving space near the top of the walls. The compressed insulation also no longer holds heat in, so it is no more effective than spreading a wet blanket inside the walls or across the attic. Drying out either type of insulation is rarely possible, and it is cheaper to place it.
 
Fiberglass insulation does not compact as densely as the other two and retains more of its capability to hold in heat. If it is not too wet, there is a chance SERVPRO technicians can dry it out. In most cases, though, we remove it as well.
 
Regardless of which type, after we remove it, we repair the cause of the leak if it is within our normal scope of services, and check for mold. If our air content meter shows a high level, we spray every exposed wall or area of the attic with an anti-fungal agent. Technicians then dry every exposed surface using dehumidifiers and air movers. Once finished, we can negotiate to replace the insulation and any drywall panels we had to tear down to remove the insulation.
 
Remediating water damage in businesses requires experience, training, and the right equipment. SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich has almost three decades of experience in putting area businesses back together after a disaster. If you need our services, call us today at (847) 279-1940.

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Restoring Flood Damaged Hardwood Flooring to Your Buffalo Grove Home

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Flood Damaged Hardwood Flooring to Your Buffalo Grove Home Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Storm Damaged Flooring in Buffalo Grove

Trust SERVPRO a Leading Water Mitigation Company to Restore Your Property's Flooring

Dealing with flood damage to your Buffalo Grove property after a recent storm can be devastating for both you and your family. The stress and fatigue alone make the circumstances unbearable in large loss events. However, you may find it pleasing to know that there are highly-trained professionals available to help return every aspect of your home to a quality pre-damage condition after a flood.

Offering full-service flood damage solutions to homeowners throughout the Buffalo Grove area gives us a sense of pride and satisfaction. We can handle any size job, perform many different repairs, and provide you with quality solutions to get things back to normal, fast. Our IICRC certified technicians are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week for your convenience and always respond to your call immediately.

At SERVPRO we handle floods that present a variety of specialty drying situations, many that require particular attention to prevent significant damage. Some of these instances involve dealing with multiple layers of sheetrock, which lengthen the drying time involved in your restoration. Others involve dealing with ceiling tiles that are likely less expensive to remove and replace than to remove, dry, and reinstall.  

However, one of the most common situations that our SERVPRO technicians run into is dealing with hardwood flooring. The majority of homeowners with wood floors in their home would like it to stay that way and place a high value on hardwood floor restoration after a flood. As a result, we have put several technicians through the proper training to address the situation correctly.

We understand how hardwoods have a natural ability to hold up better than softwood during high moisture conditions and that the nature of hardwood enhances its restorative ability after water damage occurs. SERVPRO technicians use advanced drying strategies for hardwood floors that focus on the prevention of buckling, cupping, or warping and make every effort to return your flooring to a quality pre-damage condition during your restoration process. We can utilize drying mats to even the hidden moisture from the tongue-and-groove joints of the planks.

Take the time to learn more about how we can save your hardwood flooring, today. Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for access to expert technicians and advanced technology. (847) 279-1940

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Drying Out Homes via Water Removal Techniques in Buffalo Grove

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drying Out Homes via Water Removal Techniques in Buffalo Grove Call SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Damage to Your Buffalo Grove Home

Water Extraction Fast Upon Arrival Mitigates Damages and Costs

Property owners in Buffalo Grove go to great lengths to protect and improve their homes. Fire detectors, burglar alarms, and other home security measures help keep things safe. Water, though, creeps in during floods and water line breaks, because of sewer back-ups, and overflowing tubs and sinks.

When a home in Buffalo Grove suffers such a fate, water removal techniques restore a home quickly. SERVPRO is Always Faster To Any Size Disaster, including your own. Emergencies involving water inside your home require immediate mitigation. Waiting to respond allows water to spread out even more inside your home, saturating areas that might have remained dry.
 
When our technicians arrive at a water damaged home, they use moisture detectors to determine which areas contain the most saturation. The category assigned to the water that floods a home influences later measures during the cleanup stages. Clean water poses the fewest risks, but the longer it remains inside your home, the higher the chance of downgrading the category. The areas containing more moisture have the highest risk of this change. They also become the baseline for later readings made with our moisture detection equipment, helping us track our progress and ensuring that your home dries as planned.
 
Pumping out any standing water and heavily saturated areas readies the home for further water removal techniques. Drying your family's belongings and your home's interior structures must happen quickly to prevent dry rot, microbial growth, and staining. Heaters help lift up moisture and increase the rate of evaporation. Large air movers direct heated air, laden with evaporated moisture, outdoors and windows or toward dehumidifiers. Odors can also develop quickly after an event involving water, and we can help you solve this predicament, also. We have many different techniques that remove odors left behind by water.
 
Because water affects so much of a home's interior negatively, we at SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich act as quickly as possible whenever we receive a call about an emergency requiring our water removal equipment. No matter what type of water is overtaking your home, or the amount, calling our local number at (847) 279-1940 gets you started toward complete dryness again.

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Controlling Microbial Growth Minimizes Mold Damage in Your Zurich Home's Attic and Basement

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Controlling Microbial Growth Minimizes Mold Damage in Your Zurich Home's Attic and Basement Mold Remediation by SERVPRO in Lake Zurich Improves Indoor Air Quality

Moisture and Temperature Control Help Prevent Reinfestations of Mold

Storing things in areas of your Zurich residence keeps clutter down, and can help reduce the amount of housework done to keep everything nice and clean. Attics and basements are prime areas for storage – conveniently close but in general, still out of sight.

Keeping your Zurich home clutter-free while still hanging onto memorabilia from the past can lead to mold damage, however. Microbial activity can damage the very items you place in storage, as well as your home. SERVPRO restores houses, condos, and businesses, and also personal belongings and other contents kept inside, from all kinds of damage.

When mold causes damage, high humidity levels are generally the cause, possibly from water leaks. Our skilled technicians work with customers on many different types of services to make everything “Like it never even happened,” no matter what kind or combination of damage or causes exist. We have the skills, tools, and equipment needed to restore both your personal belongings and your home after damaging mold attacks.

Before we begin to clean the area of any mold using IICRC-approved procedures, we enclose the area with protective sheeting and turn off heating and air conditioning systems. In large remediation projects, containment is crucial. Preventing the spread of microbes minimizes their chances of re-establishing future colonies. Structures that become exposed to microbial growth lose their strength, making them weaker. We clean hard, non-porous items of mold but softer; porous items need more thorough restoration work. Overall, wherever mold grows, we remove, restore, and if needed, replace items.

To prevent mold from growing again, we check moisture levels within your home to discover the path humidity travels before finding its way into your storage areas. Basements might become wet when water heaters develop leaks, the ground is saturated, or sump pumps begin to falter. Attics can develop moisture problems whenever snowmelt develops ice dams over loose shingles or if exhaust venting leaks moist air into the attic before it reaches the outside vent. Perhaps, new attic insulation can control temperature fluctuations. We discuss these situations with you and offer options to solve each one.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich wants your family to live in a healthy home, free of microbial growth that can create mold damage. Call us at (847) 279-1940 so we can discuss your options.
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